Book Review: Ember Burning by Jennifer Alsever (Trinity Forest #1)

Ember Burning

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Publication: Sawatch Press

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller


clipart-bars-dividers-1Blurb (as on Goodreads):

Senior year was supposed to be great–that’s what Ember’s friend Maddie promised at the beginning of the year. Instead, Ember TrouvE spends the year drifting in and out of life like a ghost, haunted by her parents’ recent, tragic death.
At home, she pores over her secret obsession: pictures of missing kids– from newspaper articles, from grocery store flyers– that she’s glued inside a spiral notebook. Like her, the people are lost. Like her, she discovers, they had been looking for a way to numb their pain when they disappeared.
When Ember finds herself in Trinity Forest one day, a place locals stay away from at all costs, she befriends a group of teenagers who are out camping. Hanging out with them in the forest tainted with urban legends of witchcraft and strange disappearances, she has more fun than she can remember having. But something isn’t right.
The candy-covered wickedness she finds in Trinity proves to be a great escape until she discovers she can never go home. Will Ember confront the truth behind her parents’ death, or stay blissfully numb and lose herself to the forest forever?

gold-dividerMy Take

Ember is the reason her parents are dead. She knows it and she’s guilt is killing her. She has managed to push everyone away from her. Once a singer and a smart student, Ember is reduced to the forever-miserable girl. She has only one obsession- collecting pictures of people who went missing in the mysterious Trinity forest. Like her mother. she yearns to go to Trinity to know more about its secrets and maybe, to find a way to escape reality. In Trinity, she meets a bunch of kids who live in a big mansion, eat great food and are having the time of their life. But beneath all the happy faces are secrets- bizarre and scary.

The first book in the series, ‘Ember Burning’ is a mysterious journey through the Trinity. A forest that holds immense power- power that slows down time and promises a better life. Ember figures out something’s not right and she tries to escape. But will she win over the mysterious powers the rule over Trinity?

A gripping thriller, this book is going to hurt you and make you beg for things to be different. Each character has been perfectly placed, each having their own role in maintaining the suspense. Ember is a strong headed character who is broken and hurt and guilty, But she doesn’t want to give up on life just yet. The voices in her head- the voices of her dead parents give her hope and strength. But destiny has other plans.

‘Ember burning’ is so much better than your average thriller. The plot gets interesting over time. Even though some chapters are slower than the others, the story moves smoothly. It reminds me so much of ‘The Place called Here’ by Celilia Ahern.


Ember’s story has been told in the three-book Trinity Forest series. For more details visit



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